Info: Galerie Gisela Capitain is pleased to announce Protomorphisms, Ximena Garrido-Lecca’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Through her practice Peruvian artist Ximena Garrido-Lecca explores the impact of natural resource exploitation on different social groups and cultures, with a particular interest in how industrialization and urbanization have historically affected culture, collective memory and the relationship between nature and culture. The division between nature and culture has created a rupture in our previous notions of the natural world, putting nature in the service of human beings and placing it as a mere object to be exploited. These ideas conflict with indigenous Andean cosmology in which nature is intrinsically linked to culture and still venerated through ceremonies and rituals. The complex Peruvian imaginary, characterized by the clashing between the age-old Andean culture and the contradictions introduced by the process of colonization, are often the basis for Garrido-Lecca’s work. While the references are frequently highly local, Garrido-Lecca’s work speaks to contemporary global concerns of struggles over natural resources, and private access for those living on its borders.